The online magazine exploring the history and legacy of the ancient world in all its complexity.

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Bombing Pompeii

A review of Bombing Pompeii by Nigel Pollard Between the night of the 24 August and the 26 September 1943, allied planes bombed the archaeological site of Pompeii. Several important buildings were damaged including the House of Epidus Rufus. In an important new book, Nigel Pollard examines the decisions which led to this action and…

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Rhakotis: bound editions

Rhakotis Magazine

We take our name from Rhakotis, the Egyptian fishing town that developed into Alexandria, the classical city par excellence. Just as that city was both Egyptian and international, so was the ancient world.

We see the ancient world as a complex and cosmopolitan space in which various societies intermingled, creating international and local cultures that changed, merged and ruptured over the centuries. The history and culture of these societies have had and continue to have an impact on later societies which are themselves complex and never neutral.

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